Theoretical Ecologist Arild O. Gautestad Releases New Book

Scientists working in the field of animal ecology have a new resource that brings together different disciplines that explore how animals use space. A new book by Arild O. Gautestad, which Dog Ear Publishing reviews, explores theories and concepts to provide a much-needed overview on the topic.

Indianapolis, IN, January 26, 2016 --( Animals use space in a much more complex way than might be imagined, and theoretical ecologist Arild O. Gautestad shares his findings in a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. The complexity emerges through both individual animals and populations of animals, all analyzed by a range of system descriptors, simulations and models. This combined approach helps provide a more coherent theory for ecological inference, with the potential to more accurately predict animal movement pattern and population dispersion than is the case with classic approaches.

“Animal Space Use: Memory Effects, Scaling Complexity, and Biophysical Model Coherence” presents a combined effort of biologists, physicists and statisticians in describing animal space use. “Some scientists that are working on these challenges in their respective fields of expertise are now looking for a broader system formulation, where all the fascinating novel insight on process details may be brought together in a coherent manner,” Gautestad said. “‘Animal Space Use’ represents, in fact, the first theoretical effort to bridge the rapid scientific progress in various sub-disciplines into such a generalized biophysical framework.”

Gautestad’s book has earned the Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence, which honors books that earned the company’s highest marks from a highly skilled editor. It was one of just nine books recognized with the honor in 2015.

In “Animal Space Use,” Gautestad examines concepts such as spatial memory leading to site fidelity, home ranges and attraction to conspecifics – a different memory-dependent property that contributes to population survival by counteracting decline in local abundance from unconstrained dispersal. Presentations of such complex biophysical concepts are geared toward a broad audience of students and researchers interested in how animals use their habitat and disperse themselves in the landscape.

Gautestad is a theoretical ecologist especially interested in biophysical aspects of animal space use. He has studied individual movement and population kinetics for more than 25 years, performing computer simulations, creating mathematical models and testing on data. He is affiliated with the University of Oslo, Norway’s, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis.

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Animal Space Use: Memory Effects, Scaling Complexity, and Biophysical Model Coherence
Arild O. Gautestad
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-4180-3 Paperback 336 pages $79.00 US
ISBN: 978-1-4575-4412-5 Hardcover 336 pages $89.00 US
ISBN: 978-1-4575-4414-9 Ebook 336 pages $64.00 US

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